Al-Khobar city is one of the three main cities in the Eastern Province, the others being Dammam and Dhahran. These three cities form a
closely joined triangle which has existed for centuries. In the past, Al-Khobar was a
small port on the Arabian Gulf, inhabited mainly by fishermen. With the discovery of oil, it was transformed into an industrial port.
In time, it has become the commercial hub of the Eastern Province. Based on a city plan dating back to 1942 (1361H), the city is neatly divided into residential squares evenly transected by roads. Such careful organization is indicative of its important role in the national economy.
Along with its industrial port, the city still serves small ships carrying passengers and goods. It is the center of the area's export-import activity, and is a transit point for goods that are distributed throughout the Kingdom.
It contains branches of all the country's major banks as well as fine hotels, some along its picturesque corniche. It is developing into an important industrial city, with factories turning out industrial gas, dairy products, carbonated water, tissue paper and ready-made garments.
The King Fahad Causeway
On the southern outskirts of Al-Khobar passes the King Fahad Causeway which links the Kingdom to Bahrain. Inaugurated in 1986 (1407H), the bridge runs for twenty-five kilometers. Equipped with all necessary facilities, the causeway serves to facilitate the flow of traffic between the two countries and to strengthen relations between them.
Health services in Al-Khobar
The city has numerous hospitals, the most prominent being King Fahad University Hospital (500 beds) and the Al-Khobar General Hospital (50 beds). It is also served by private hospitals, government hospitals and quarantine centers.
Tourism in Al-Khobar
With its gardens, picnic spots and kilometers of beaches, Al-Khobar has become a vacation center. Among its attractions are Half Moon Bay, Sunset Beach, and Al-Azizia beach, five kilometers from the city center. The King Fahad Coastal Town consists of gardens, amusement halls, zoological gardens, and a manicured corniche.
in Al-Khobar is a well-known landmark to all families in the Eastern Province. Al-Rashid Mall is a show case for some of the best products from east and west , and the shopping experience of patrons from different cultures is enriched by the cultural diversity of the goods on offer ,a combination of familiar and unfamiliar.